You’d think in your twenties, the only wrinkles you need to worry about are the ones you get from sleeping strangely on your pillow. But an increasing number of women in their mid to late 20s are getting Botox in order to prevent future wrinkles.
To find out whether or not their behaviour is insane or pragmatic, I spoke to Holly Limet, a nurse at The Clinic in Bondi Junction – who administers Botox injections all day every day.
What age do people usually start getting Botox, and why?
We have Botox patients that come in from 25 onwards that are starting to think in term of prevention. I guess in terms of age, we think of it as just a number. We have 25 year olds that come in here with sun damaged skin, wrinkled skin, the worst skin you’ve ever seen in your life because they smoke and they drink and they party and they carry on. Then we have 40 year old women who have porcelain unlined amazing skin. It just depends on the condition of the skin. But if someone is starting to notice fine lines coming through and they really want to prevent them from turning into larger folds, that is your ideal Botox patient.
If you use Botox for a really long time what happens to your face? Like does it weaken muscles long term? Become more effective?
The longer you use it the less product you need. When you’ve got Botox you won’t be working the muscles as much so you won’t be getting as lined. This means you’re going to need less treatment overall.
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Does that mean the muscles are weaker?
There’s no evidence that suggests you get muscle weakness from prolonged use of Botox. Once Botox wears off you’re back to base line, and those muscles will move more than they’ve ever moved in their life!
Is there a way to get Botox without getting that frozen look in your face?
Yes, your Botox dose is decided upon by you and the person injecting you. The two of you establish, during your consultation what the desired result is. And how you can go about getting that.
There are standard doses that you can follow but not everyone is a standard person, so you can add more units or take some away to give a more natural result or a more hardcore result, it really does depend on the patient. Some people have incredibly strong muscles that require more Botox. And some people have muscles that take to the product so well that they come in twice a year for treatment, which is amazing. It’s on an individual basis. It’s up to you.